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The Fourth Secret

(Commissario Montalbano #6.5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,172 ratings  ·  86 reviews
In this mystery novella featuring Inspector Montalbano, a deadly accident at a building site prompts a search with shocking revelations
Yesterday morning around seven thirty, an Albanian construction worker, age thirty-eight, Pashko Puka, a legal resident with a work permit, hired by the Santa Maria construction company owned by Alfredo Corso, fell from a scaffold that had been erected/>Yesterday
ebook, 168 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Mondadori (first published 2002)
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David Highton
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novella covering a workplace accident which looks like murder, based on an anonymous note sent to Montalbano, causing him to initiate an unofficial investigation. The local Marshal leading the official investigation seeks his help and foul play in the local construction industry starts to become clear. Short book but a concise plot and well written as usual
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fourth Secret opens with a nightmare: Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano dreams that someone’s shot and killed Catarella, the error-prone Vigàta police who’s devoted to his superior. Although no Freudian, Montalbano thinks the dream’s a warning, but of what?

Author Andrea Camilleri had me from the very first pages, and I read straight through the night, riveted by The Fourth Secret’s many twists. This 77-page novella appears in English just four months before the 18th Montalbano novel, Game of Mirrors, is schedul
Italo Italophiles
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
More novella than novel, this latest translation in the Italian Inspector Montalbano Series, a police procedural series set in Sicily, will satisfy adult fans. If you are a fan of the television film series adapted from the books, then you will already know this story. The books were adapted faithfully, and the actors portray the characters with just as much faithfulness, that you will surely picture the show just as I did while reading The Fourth Secret.

The Montalbano books (and the
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC ebook copy of this novella from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book that I have read of this series and I loved it. I felt like I had taken a short trip to a quaint little Italian town and got a sense of the life and people there.

The mystery surrounds a series of deaths at construction sites that may be the result of a sinister mafia extortion plot. The mystery was very interesting and well done, but the charm of this novel
Joyce Lagow
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an early Montalbano, published originally in 2002 before Italy adopted the euro--it's clear from thevreference to costs in lire. But it was issued in English in 2014, translated not by Stephen Sartorelli, Camilleri's usual English translator, but by two others, both Italians. As a result,mthe style is quite different from the rst of the books done by Saltarelli, closer, I think. To the origonal language used by Camilerri, which is a mixture of Sicilian and Italian; Sartarelli's style giv ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, kobo
After several recommendations to try Camilleri, I read this novella. If this is typical of the rest of his books, I won't be reading any more.
Lelia Taylor
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: full-reviews
Over the years, I have enjoyed the Inspector Montalbano books but this novella really doesn’t stand up to the rest of the series. I found that puzzling because, while Montalbano doesn’t have the pleasing personality of, say, Commissario Guido Brunetti (Donna Leon’s protagonist) or Chief of Police Bruno (Martin Walker), he has never struck me as inept or unpleasant. This time he did.

I had an interest in the investigation from the beginning because of the questions surrounding a warnin
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When I found out this was La paura di Montalbano and fell roughly between books 6 and 7 I had to read it as soon as I could.
Fans of The Young Montalbano will have seen the story adapted almost page by page into scene by scene in The Third Secret.
There is much to like in this story. It shows the inspector's love of food; trouble with dreams; difficult relations with Livia and his appreciation of other women; the mutual love and respect in his team and the comic genius that is the char
Wayne McCoy
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
'The Fourth Secret' is a novella featuring Inspector Montalbano. It was my introduction to this series, and I felt a little lost, but still enjoyed it well enough.

When a construction worker falls from a scaffold, it all appears to be just an on the job accident. Things don't seem to add up, including the fact that the dead worker had a pedicure. Also, there have been a few more of these sort of "accidents." Inspector Montalbano doesn't want to get in trouble investigating outside his
Zeb Kantrowitz
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
For those keeping track of Montalbano stories, this novella was written in 2002 about the time of the first books (The Terra-Cotta Dog and The Snack Thief). It’s not up to the quality of the later books and shouldn’t be considered an addition to the end of the forthcoming “A Game of Mirrors”.

The story does include all of the regulars, Mimi, Cat, Fazio and even Lydia makes an appearance. The novella begins with the death of an Albanian worker on the construction of a new apartment building. He h
The Fourth Secret by – An Inspector Montalbano Mystery by Andrea Camilleri is a 2014 Open Road Media Publications. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was invited to review this one and since I love mysteries I agreed to read and review. So, as I went to put the book in my “to read” shelf I noticed there many titles in this series and this book was translated into English from Spanish. I believe I it right that this book was origi
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
When is an accident murder?
When the victim has had a pedicure...
Andrea Camilleri The Fourth Secret
This is a novella, (168 pages), which is part of a larger body of work: 16+ novels and countless short stories, which have evolved into a 9 season television series (26 episodes, with Luca Zingaretti as Montalbano). Beware the translator, he is an Italian author, and those translated by Stephen Sartarelli are far better (Camelleri was awarded a 2012 crime writers international dagg
Alison C
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Fourth Secret is a novella by Andrea Camilleri, of course dealing with his great character, the Sicilian Chief Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Here, he delves into the apparent accidental death of a foreign construction worker; he soon learns that it was no accident, but murder. But the case belongs, properly, to the Cabinieri, the State police with whom he and his co-workers always have had a rivalry. Montalbano can’t help but pry, and when the Cabinieri detective comes to take him to task for th ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book / edition suffers from following things
1) It was written before the other books of the series so the quality is not same. Characters are little bit different.
2) Translation is not very good. There are some translation errors eg. misuse of pronounces. There are two translators credited and I wonder did that play a part on the quality of translation. It feels like their english isn't strong enough.
3) I'm lend this ebook from my library with OneDrive app. The typography
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When is an accident, not an accident, but murder? That’s what Inspector Montalbano wants to find out when he learns that there already have been half a dozen accidents at construction sites, especially when he receives a letter – too late – that the latest ‘accident’ mailed beforehand telling him the man will die in just the way he did.

But he had a problem – well, a whole flock of problems – when he begins looking into the latest ‘accident’ he realizes that it is out of his
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review based upon Advanced Reading Copy, Kindle edition.

This is not the first of Camilleri's series I've heard (maybe the third), and I am no closer to understanding any of the character on a personal level. Italian detective Montalbano is hot-tempered, selfish, intuitive, clever, a bit of an asshole and a lot of other things. Perhaps the character's deeper motivations/feelings were explained more fully in the first novel of the series, but if you're looking for character development
Dave Walls
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A note about bias: I love the Montalbano books and find it hard to rate them fairly. I love the characters and their issues that come and go in the "main" series of books.

This book is another Montalbano mystery with a different publisher and translator than the main series. The other is Montalbano's First Case. While Montalbano's First Case is much earlier in Montalbano's career, this book would fall early in the timeline of the main series. As with First Case, this book is shorter, and lacks end no
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, italy, mystery
An OK murder mystery highlighting the rivalry and antagonisms between the carabinieri and the regular police, and the pervasive influence of the mafia and their collaboration with government officials. This is a short novella at 80 pages; just long enough, as it happens, to have been the basis for one of the episodes of the Montalbano TV series. One unique aspect of this story, in the context of the Montalbano series, is that Catarella is given a starring role, with Fazio and Augello relegated t ...more
Cathy Cole
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once again, Andrea Camilleri has written a brilliant short story that's a perfect addition to his Montalbano canon. This little investigation is sure to please his fans as well as entice new readers with its deft plotting and wonderful characterizations. What is certain to thrill long-time fans the most is the fact that Montalbano works a case with the inimitable Catarella. Mimi is busy investigating a series of break-ins, and since Montalbano insists on working a case that's not in his jurisdic ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fourth Secret by Andrea Camilleri

3 1/2 STARS

This is a short novella about a Inspector Montalbano only 77 pages. This is the first time I have read any of Andrea' book. I am not familiar about different police departments in so I was a little lost on that facts.

Inspector Montalbano has dreams that helped him. He is interesting, swears a lot. He is a older policeman. I found it interesting he does not always wears a gun.

The setting is in Sici
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the first book I’d read in the acclaimed series featuring Inspector Montalbano, and on the whole I found it reasonably engaging. When an Albanian construction worker is found dead at the bottom of some scaffolding, it would appear to be an accident. But when Montalbano discovers that there have been six other such deaths on building sites in the area, he begins to suspect that something more than a breach of Health & Safety guidelines is going on.
It’s a fairly lightweight piec
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
A novelette that does not disappoint just because it's shorter than his usual novels. In this Montalbano has a dream that he's investigating a crime with Catarella, and in the process of searching for the criminal, Catarella is shot and lies dying in his arms. His dream unsettles him and when he realizes that an anonymous letter sent to him warning him of the impending death of a construction worker was sent a week before he received it, he and his team frantically try to uncover the identity of ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a novella, so a fairly quick read and I'll try to tailor my review to match.

There wasn't one thing I liked about this book.

The translation comes across as a bad spanish TV show and is very clipped and choppy. In my head, the characters mouths don't move in time with their words.

Even in such a short book, there is plenty of profanity. I understand why in th
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, netgalley
This new Inspector Montalbano book left me wanting more. It felt a bit more like an episode in a familiar crime series than a full blown novel.

This was the fourth of Camilleri's series that I've read and I am still trying to get a handle on the Inspector. He is an intriguing, mercurial character: one book presents him as sexy and charismatic and then in another volume he is mercurial and violent. But, he is always smart and always human.

Camilleri's character stands out fo
This is an anthology of short stories and longer novellas. The two long novellas stand out : L'homme blessé and Le quatrième secret. The first one is a telling tale of innocence and what hides behind a pretty, young face and the second is a wonderful, wonderful piece of how Catarella is just one fantastic character that even if he is somewhat original some might say even odd and slighty autistic. The whole Montalbano and Catarella relationship is one of father and son. Protective and guiding eve ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-italian
Montalbano receives an anonymous letter linked to an accidental death on a building site. He decides to investigate, annoying the local carabinieri and his own colleagues in the process.

This is a short book, a novella rather than a novel, and thus the story doesn't really develop much. One minute there's a mystery, and the next it's solved. Nonetheless, it's written in Camilleri's usual lively style, with humorous contributions from the old favourites Augello, Fazio and Caterella, an
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is my ... 10th? camilleri book this year. must say he was my main discovery this year and reallyreallyreally left a mark.

this is a collection of 3 short and 3 longer stories and they are all BRILLIANT. it's just really difficult to explain this to someone who doesn't know camilleri's writing style. his stories are never just about the crime that happened. there is so much depth that goes beyond these things. he never forgets to put in some humour too. i am just amazed at how he
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Inspector Montalbano, an Italian policeman and his friends are the MC in this book. The plot is interesting and held my attention. It has been translated into English; however the it is poorly done and often I was at lost to what was happening. There a number of unexplained deaths at construction sites. These are out incidents. The Inspector adjudication but he receives a letter telling him the accidents were MURDER. Will he succeed investigating a crime out his work?

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May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a hard one to give a review for... I haven't read anything else from this author and will have to to the author a fair shot. The book was bad by any means. It's interesting and it held my attention for the most part, but I felt as it there could have been a little more. I don't want to ruin this book for anyone else so I will leave the spoilers out and suggest that you still read it, what I like or don't like may be a different opinion of another.

*Received for an honest
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced copy from Net Galley. Thank you, Open Road!
This is a short novella featuring Inspector Montalbano. I expected a great, solid mystery, but I wasn't prepared for the humor. It had me laughing out loud. This is the way you do social commentary without being preachy or boring, The characters are well-defined, the dialogue hilarious, the plot compelling... I only wish it was longer!
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Andrea Camilleri (born september 6, 1925 in Porto Empedocle) was an Italian writer. He is considered one of the greatest Italian writers of both 20th and 21st centuries.

Originally from Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Camilleri began studies at the Faculty of Literature in 1944, without concluding them, meanwhile publishing poems and short stories. Around this time he joined the Italian Commun

Other books in the series

Commissario Montalbano (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano, #1)
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog (Inspector Montalbano, #2)
  • The Snack Thief (Inspector Montalbano, #3)
  • Voice of the Violin (Inspector Montalbano, #4)
  • Excursion to Tindari (Inspector Montalbano #5)
  • The Smell of the Night (Inspector Montalbano, #6)
  • Rounding the Mark (Inspector Montalbano, #7)
  • The Patience of the Spider (Inspector Montalbano, #8)
  • The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano, #9)
  • August Heat (Commissario Montalbano #10)